Asian Games 2018

2018 Asian Games: Teenager Saurabh Chaudhary Shoots Gold Saurabh, 16, won gold for India in the men's 10m air pistol shooting event

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DEBUTANT teenager Saurabh Chaudhary has won gold for India in the men’s 10m air pistol shooting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, breaking the Games record by shooting a total of 240.7.

Saurabh Chaudhary, 16, joins an illustrious club of Indian shooters who have won a gold medal at the Asian Games, champions like Jaspal Rana, Jitu Rai and Ronjan Sodhi.

The teenager won the gold after holding his nerves and shooting off a stiff challenge from Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan. 2010 World Champion Matsuda was in the lead till the penultimate round in the 24-shot final.

Saurabh Chaudhary shot 10.2 in his second-last attempt to take the lead from Matsuda who shot 8.9. Debutant Abhishek Verma, 29, shot 219.3 to win the bronze medal for India.

This was Saurabh’s first senior event and he was expected to do well after winning the gold in the Junior World Cup in Germany some months ago. But his form and the maturity he showed at this level has come in for praise from the veterans and ace shooters.

Son of a farmer from Kalina village in Meerut, Saurabh is a class XI student and had gone into this event after a disappointing finish in the mixed team event with Manu Bhaker.

The champion’s feat was celebrated in India with most cheering his gold-winning and record-breaking feat at such a young age.

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